St. Maarten/St. Martin Journals

Sailing to St. Maarten

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A travel journal to St. Maarten/St. Martin by Jodeci527

Blue Bitch Bar Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Some friends and I boarded a 40 foot Beneteau yacht and sailed from Antigua to St. Maarten for a weekend adventure on the seas!

Tips For Your St. Maarten Trip

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Waiting for the bus on Back Street Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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A trip to St. Maarten is usually quite uncomplicated , and the island has many attractions to offer its visitors. The country is geared for tourism, which makes everything from transportation to choosing where to eat exceptionally easy. Regardless, here are some tips which could make your stay even cheaper and more enjoyable.1. The country is split into two sections. There is French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. However even if you don't speak either of the two languages, English is widely spoken by locals throughout the country so you shouldn't encounter too many difficulties.2. Public transportation runs frequently during the day, and local buses run between both sides of...Read More

OnDeck Tours/OnDeck Ocean Racing

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Attraction | "Set Sail in Antigua!"

OnDeck Tours/OnDeck Ocean Racing Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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On Deck is a Sailing Company in Antigua which specializes in racing yachts. The Antigua branch is part of a global franchise, which has offices in the Caribbean, USA, Europe and the UK. They offer a wide range of products and services for the yacht enthused, adrenaline junkies and regular folks who just want to experience a relaxing day sail. The most common experience that one can have with On Deck in Antigua, is the Antigua Yacht Race. In this event, two different yachts are boarderd with up to six guests and two crew members who teach their new sailors how to do certain jobs onboard. After everyone is comfortable in their niche, the two yachts race against each other for abo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 26, 2012

OnDeck Tours/OnDeck Ocean Racing
Antigua Yacht Club Marina
Falmouth, Antigua
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Sailing the Caribbean Sea

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At the wheel! Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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The yacht which we sailed to St. Maarten was called the Mystery. It was a 40 foot Beneteau which made up part of the fleet of ships belonging to Ondeck Antigua. Before we left the Antiguan port of English Harbour, we were given a quick tour of the vessel. This tour was conducted by Joe, a voluntary crew member and it was very informative, helping to put two first time sailors at ease.The boat had a decent sized living room area, complete with a table and two sofas. There were three cabins onboard, one forward cabin and two aft cabins. Although they looked small, they appeared to be comfortable with soft mattresses and thick bed sheets. In each cabin, there were small closets and cupboards ...Read More

Philipsburg Front Street Shopping District

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Attraction | "From Back Street to Front Street"

Philipsburg Front Street Shopping District Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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After leaving the yacht marina at Simpson Bay, we walked to the main street to attempt catching a local bus to get to Philipsburg. Our first two tries were unsuccessful, so we solicited the help of a local who whistled loudly and flagged down a bus for us. After thanking him profusely, we hopped into the 14 seater bus, and headed downtown.Since we didn't know which bus stop we needed to stop off at, I informed the driver that we wanted to go shopping in the town. He remembered us, and pulled over at the beginning of Back Street where there is a long row of shops which sell almost everything imaginable. The bus fare turned out to be US $1.50 and the journey took roughly 15 minutes....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2012

Philipsburg Front Street Shopping District
Front Street
Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Blue Bitch Bar

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Restaurant | "Odd Name, Great Food"

Blue Bitch Bar Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Well, the first question that obviously would come to the mind is 'Who would name a bar that?' While I can't offer a legitimate reason, I did however spend the greater portion of an evening there and it was great. The Blue Bitch Bar was situated across from the beach in Phillipsburg, St. Martin, close to where the large cruise ships dock. When I arrived, there was fabulous music being played, a mix of reggae and soca and everyone was moving to the beat. It turned out that there was a one man band outside of the restaurant, and this rasta dude was singing while playing the drums. He had a back up sound system, but he had what I would call pure talent. From the looks of it, the restaurant hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2012

Blue Bitch Bar
On the Boardwalk
Philipsburg, St. Maarten